WE ARE ALL DOMINICAN
We Are All Dominican (WAAD) is building towards a more just and inclusive Dominican society that embraces its diversity and legally recognizes the citizenship rights of Dominicans of Haitian descent.
We Are All Dominican (WAAD) works in solidarity with movements led by Dominicans of Haitian descent fighting for inclusion and citizenship rights, and seeks to educate and activate the Dominican diaspora in order to challenge anti-Haitian and anti-black discourses.
Who We Are
We Are All Dominican (WAAD) is a collective of students, educators, scholars, artists, activists, and community members of Dominican and Haitian descent residing in New York City. We formed in October 2013 in the aftermath of a decision by the Dominican Constitutional Tribunal to revoke the citizenship of Dominicans born to undocumented immigrant parents, the vast majority of whom are of Haitian origin. WAAD organizes panel discussions, community art workshops, protests, vigils, and street outreach to raise awareness on the human rights violations that more than four generations of Dominicans of Haitian descent face as their right to a Dominican nationality is stripped away and denied by the Dominican government.
Dominicans of Haitian descent have seen their lives paralyzed as their own government refuses to recognize their nationality and grant them the identity documents needed to go to school, work, get married, register one’s children at birth, and other basic life activities. As immigrants and the children of immigrants ourselves, Dominican-Americans know firsthand the marginalization and discrimination that migrants and their families face all over the world. We stand in solidarity with the struggle of Dominicans of Haitian descent to restore their right to a nationality. The name We Are All Dominican is a recognition of their identity, in resistance to the government’s effort to deny their nationality, their fundamental rights, and their humanity.
We Are All Dominican fights against injustices targeted at Dominicans of Haitian descent and their families because of deep-rooted anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic. The mainstream Dominican diaspora often reproduces these prejudices and discriminatory attitudes. Therefore, we aim to build a base of Dominican-Americans who are committed to racial justice by raising awareness about and supporting the movement for citizenship, civil, and political rights in the Dominican Republic.
As Dominican-Americans and allies, we must make a greater effort to engage in dialogue with our families, friends, and co-workers to discuss the common structural racism underlying the Dominican government’s discriminatory policies and injustices faced by black and brown communities in the United States. WAAD recognizes these connections and seeks to educate and activate Dominicans to turn the tide. WAAD aims to bring more Dominicans to a larger, multi-ethnic, cross-class conversation on denationalization, human rights violations, and racism in order to foster transnational solidarity.